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quoting in autoconf

From: Josef Vukovic
Subject: quoting in autoconf
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 13:09:35 +0100


I am reading the autoconf[1] documentation and come to the topic,
3.1.2 The autoconf language where it says " Arguments should
be enclosed within the m4 quote characters ‘[’ and ‘]’..." but m4
uses the '`' and ''' as quoting characters. Also defining a Macro
         define([stdio_h], [HAVE_STDIO_H])dnl

don't work as expected with defining it like this:

         define(`stdio_h', `HAVE_STDIO_H')dnl

So I'm know somewhat confused could someone be so friendly
to explain the issue? Is there a changequote applied during the
processing of wiht autoconf? If so isn't the manual
somewhat ambigious?


Josef Vukovic
Holunderweg 6
89143 Blaubeuren

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